” Through various ways a select group of people took the BOE and Admin in their iron grip, running their own agenda over majority wish, the Budget vote has taken that privilege away and that’s why this frustration, One Vote’s target is taking away the Budget vote and additionally influencing the local politics of Ridgewood with the muddy national one. “
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Please vote on Tuesday, April 16
March 2019 column
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D.
|Link to 2019-2020 budget and voting information|
The following column appeared in The Ridgewood News on March 29, 2019.
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Ridgewood community will be asked to vote on the Ridgewood Public Schools 2019-2020 school budget as proposed by the Board of Education. The change back to public voting on the school budget occurred in July of 2018 when the Ridgewood Village Council opted to move the Ridgewood Board of Education School Election from November to April.
It is important to note that this year the election falls within the school district’s April break. For this reason, we are making a special effort to inform residents of the option of voting by mail. Information about voting by mail and applications can be found on the home page of our district website at www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us and on each of our school websites as well as at www.njelections.org /vote-by-mail.shtml.
file photo by Boyd Loving
Here we are yet again at yet another important Village Council meeting, Tonight at 7:30pm at the Village Hall. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to not making VC meetings a must attend every few weeks.
But that’s just how it is. For now anyway. Until we can get some folks onto the council who we can trust will listen to us and do the right thing when it comes to our village. That day will come sooner than later but for now, we must remain engaged.
So, in case you didn’t know already, tomorrow is the night that the Village Council likely plans to vote on overriding itself and go to the County for a bond. This is without a parking garage proposal that fits within the footprint of the Hudson street lot. This is with us being on the hook for several hundreds of thousands of dollars for the County bond, not to mention the likelihood of millions more for the building of a garage. This is against many of the the findings of the Maser Traffic Study from October 15th, which Councilwoman Knudsen and Councilman Sedon were unaware of until late December. I could go on and on…
The bottom line is that, inconvenient as it is, we must remain vigilant and protect Ridgewood, which means showing up and voicing our concerns.
Hoping to see you tomorrow night. And if you can’t make it, please email our Village Council and Village Manager to let them know that even considering voting to go to the County for a bond at this point is against the better interests of our village.
Paul Aronsohn <email@example.com>,
Albert Pucciarelli <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Gwenn Hauck <email@example.com>,
Roberta Sonenfeld <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Susan Knudsen <email@example.com>,
Michael Sedon <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Dana H. Glazer
It’s not just Congress and the economy that have Americans concerned these days.
Americans have little confidence in most of their major institutions including Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, banks and organized religion, according to the latest Gallup poll.
“Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one,” a Gallup spokesman said in a news release. Only the military, in which 72 percent of Americans express confidence, up from a historical average of 68 percent, and small business, with 67 percent confidence, up from 63, are currently rated higher than their historical norms. This is based on the percentage expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in these institutions, the Gallup spokesman said.
Only 8 percent have confidence in Congress, down by 16 points from a long-term average of 24 percent – the lowest of all institutions rated. The rating is about the same as last year’s 7 percent, the lowest Gallup has ever measured for any institution.
All in all, it’s a picture of a nation discouraged about its present and worried about its future, and highly doubtful that its institutions can pull America out of its trough. In a political context, the findings indicate that the growing number of presidential candidates for 2016 will have a difficult time instilling confidence in a skeptical electorate that they have the answers to the country’s problems.